Cyrtodactylus gunungsenyumensis GRISMER, WOOD, ANUAR, DAVIS, COBOS & MURDOCH, 2016
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Gunung Senyum Bent-toed Gecko|
Malay: Cicak Gunung Senyum
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus gunungsenyumensis GRISMER, WOOD, ANUAR, DAVIS, COBOS & MURDOCH 2016|
|Distribution||Peninsular Malaysia (Pahang)|
Type locality: Gunung Senyum, Hutan Lipur Gunung Senyum, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia (3°41.530’N, 102°26.005’E; 75 m) Map legend:
- Type locality.
|Types||Holotype. LSUHC 12209, Adult female, collected by L. Lee Grismer, Perry L. Wood, Jr., Brandon T. Burch, Anthony J. Cobos, Hayden R. Davis, Shahrul Anuar, and Mathew L. Murdoch on 21 March 2015.|
Paratypes. All paratypes (LSUHC 12199, 12201, 12204–06, 12220) bear the same collection data as the holotype.
|Comment||Habitat: open chambers and cave systems deeply incised and sculpted into the periphery of this limestone hill, surrounded by karst forest vegetation. All specimens of the type series and two additional specimens not collected were active at night on the limestone walls or the adjacent karst vegetation . Lizards were observed on vertical trunks of small trees as well as on thin, horizontal branches of low-growing shrubs. Lizards only occurred in areas where karst rock-rubble had accumulated at the edge of the cliff faces and where the cliff faces were eroded and exfoliated, providing cracks and holes into which lizards were able to take refuge.|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The specific epithet gunungsenyumensis refers to the type locality of Hutan Lipur Gunung Senyum, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia. It is hoped this name will underscore the importance of this Hutan Lipur as a sanctuary for this endemic species and keep it safe from the quarrying interests of foreign cement companies.|
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